August 12, 2017, 7:30 pm at The Evening Muse, 3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
Pop recording artist and singer-songwriter Branan Murphy is no stranger to the stage. While in high school, Henry "Hank" Branan Murphy began writing songs and singing in his church. By age 18, he devoted himself to a career in music and spent several years performing at events all over the U.S., even releasing two independent projects. In 2011, the Louisville, GA native relocated to Raleigh-Durham, NC and began writing his brand of "conscious pop". He soon released SMPLFY, a mixtape showing off his skills as a vocalist, rapper, songwriter and producer. Piquing the interest of several record labels, Murphy ultimately signed with Sony's Provident Label Group.
"I write songs about what it's like to be human," Murphy shares. "We are all complex people. We have struggles. We have contradictions. We have deep desires. We're all seeking to be loved, understood and satisfied. My songs attempt to capture those deep emotional, even spiritual, yearnings we have as human beings. The bottom line is that I want to make great art, but most of all I want to be honest. I want to sing about what people are really going through."
Branan Murphy's chart-topping debut single, "All The Wrong Things," features "The Voice" Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne. Invoking the passion of artists like Alessia Cara and Jon Bellion and the urban pop sounds of artists such as The Weekend, ZAYN, and Justin Timberlake the song includes a rap bridge written and performed by Murphy himself.
Katmaz is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who approaches music from the visual sense first, which often results in an emotional and cinematic sound. Influenced by the likes of Radiohead, Beck, and Gorillaz, the Brooklyn-based artist gave a sample of his emotive, soulful strain of music with his first solo release "Nautical Things" in April of 2016. Jason Grishkoff (Indie Shuffle) called it w"beautiful enough to put me into a stupor" and placed it in their "Best Folk of 2016."
Born in Buffalo, NY, Katmaz found his passion for music at the ripe age of 6, performing in classical piano competitions around New York State. After moving around the midwest and touring with the alternative act, Debussi, Katmaz settled in New York City in 2014. With the help of fellow producers Braden Blair, Savings, Matt Cody (SZA, Ro James, Jimi Tents) and artist Dylan Jones, Katmaz created a WaveCave studios. Currently, he is focused on recording his next EP which mixes electronic and analog elements to develop a new, unique sound.